Question Hour is dropped from Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha amidst this pandemic, what opposition says as arbitrary decision curbing checks and balances of executive.

  • Members of Parliament have a right to ask questions which is one of the devices available to them to seek information on matters of public importance.
  • The Question Hour is one such mechanism in which the members ask questions on varied aspects of administration and governmental activity.

Question Hour

  • The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is termed as Question hour.
  • It is mentioned in the Rules of Procedure of the House.
  • During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers.

The questions are of three types, namely,

Starred questions:

• These are distinguished by an asterisk , It requires an oral answer and hence supplementary questions can follow.

Unstarred questions:

• It requires a written answer and hence, supplementary questions cannot follow.

Short notice questions:

• The matters of public importance and of urgent character are considered under this type of questions.

• It is asked by giving a notice of less than ten days.

• It is answered orally.

In addition to the ministers, the questions can also be asked to the private members.

Question to private members:

• These questions are mentioned under Rule 40 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.

• A question may be addressed to a private member if the subject matter of the question relates to some bill, resolution for which that member is responsible